The Covid-19 pandemic and indefinite suspension of tourist visas in Cambodia has failed to hamper Hyatt Regency’s plans to open the capital’s largest five-star hotel.
Located in the heart of the capital, Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh sits close to the capital’s main attractions, including the National Museum, Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda. Rooms boast striking citywide panoramas that sweep across the capital and Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers.
The property melds old and new with a stunning revamped colonial villa serving as the lobby and an upstairs lounge bar against the backdrop of 10- and 14-storey contemporary towers.
The property takes in three styles of suite and nine room options. Each feature a chic contemporary design with light spilling in through floor-to-ceiling windows. I checked in at the King Palace View Deluxe room, a 49m² space that boasts vistas of the nearby Royal Palace. It features a comfortable king bed, desk and seating area with a sofa and table. A large bathroom has a separate bath tub, rain shower and toilet.
There’s plenty of eating and drinking options. The Attic sits in the eaves of the colonial villa and makes for a stylish space to enjoy carefully-crafted cocktails and snacks. The Market Café is light and lofty and serves breakfast, a la carte options and delightful, four-course afternoon tea.
On the 14th floor sits FiveFive rooftop restaurant and bar. The chic indoor and outdoor space offers splendid views coupled with a menu of fresh seafood and meats. The Metropole Underground is slated to open in Q1 as a 20th century metro-themed bar.
Guests can keep fit at the 24/7 fitness centre and large outdoor swimming pool, while businesses can make use of the 1,400m² of flexible meeting and conference spaces capable of accommodating up to 1,500 pax. The 10th floor Regency Club serves food and drinks throughout the day and evening, and Jivapita Spa will open in February.
The property has been designed for Covid times. Hand sanitisers are dotted throughout, QR code menus are available for dining, while sealed stickers reassure that rooms and other items, such as TV remotes, have been sanitised. Temperatures are taken on arrival and staff wear masks. Additionally, the service is impeccable. Smiling staff were on hand to greet me throughout my stay and explain each dish and cocktail served.
The hotel is an excellent addition to the capital’s upmarket offerings and is already proving popular with grounded locals and expats taking advantage of the staycation package and the capital’s latest sophisticated drinking and dining options.
Number of rooms 247
Standard rates from US$200. Staycation packages from US$157.
Tel: +855 23 600 1234